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Library Division Manager - Adult and Youth Services
The Humboldt County Library has an immediate opening for Library Division Manager Adult and Youth Services. This position serves the Humboldt County Library System and will play a vital role as we begin an exciting new chapter in providing expanded library services to our library communities.
 The Humboldt County Library is a community focal point. If you are interested in making an impact in an increasingly diverse vibrant community with dynamic and engaging library services, this might be the position for you!
 Living and working in Humboldt County provides the opportunity to enjoy exquisite beaches, breathtaking redwood forests, and warm inland valleys. In addition to natural beauty, there are a variety of delicious eateries, a cool art and music scene, and charming, eclectic communities. Humboldt County is a rural county located approximately 250 miles north of the Bay Area and 150 miles west of Redding. Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant with numerous rivers, beaches, city parks, county parks, Bureau of Land Management public lands, numerous State Parks, and Redwood National Park. Residents enjoy hiking in the majestic redwoods, salmon fishing in the Klamath River, walking/biking on community trails, mountain biking in the hills, and surfing in the Pacific Ocean. Humboldt County has a population of approximately 136,000. There are seven incorporated cities in the county, all within a thirty-minute drive to Eureka (the county seat): Arcata, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad. Humboldt County is served by U.S. 101, State Route 36 and State Route 299. Humboldt has a commercial airport (Airport code ACV) in McKinleyville with daily flights to San Francisco. The county offices are located in the City of Eureka, the largest incorporated city in Humboldt with a population of approximately 27,000. Eureka has a pleasant year-round coastal/Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures ranging from 52 to 62°F and winter temperatures ranging from 42 to 55°F. Several miles inland the temperature range is significantly warmer. Humboldt has small town living without traffic congestion. The average commute time is about 15 minutes.
 We serve the residents of Humboldt County. The library is supported by property taxes and governed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Humboldt County Library System (HCL) consists of 11 libraries, a bookmobile, and the upcoming Library at Your Door program, which will offer community-wide access to a diverse range of resources, including books, databases, magazines, audiobooks, movies, internet resources, as well as government and historical documents. The Eureka Library functions as the operational headquarters for HCL and serves as a distribution center for many of the materials and services that support the library system as a whole. The Humboldt County Library has committed coworkers and outstanding public service benefits. Apply to join the team!
The Position
Under general direction from Library Director, Library Division Manager: Adult & Youth Services, engages, provides direct support, and develops talent for the Library’s Adult and Youth Services Divisions. 
  • Serves as an integral part of a library leadership team
  • Represents the Library at community events, meetings, and other functions
  • Implements the strategic planning and priorities of the Adult Services Division and oversees planning and priorities of the Youth Services Division
  • Supervises and coordinates Adult Services staff, Supervising Librarian: Youth Services, and volunteers
  • Actively participates in the public service and community engagement activities of the Adult and Youth Services teams
Qualities We Value
  • Focused on service to adults, children, families, seniors, and teens
  • Enjoys talking to and engaging with people of all ages
  • Tracks current trends in library practices and education
  • Coordinates programs, initiatives, and events for the Adult Services division
  • Skilled at helping staff develop their creativity, interests, and talents
  • Ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures
  • Fosters partnerships between the library and community groups
  • Critical thinking
  • Listening
  • Enjoys collaboration and teamwork
  • Serves as coach for Adult and Youth Services teams
  • Values diversity
  • Celebrates team members and their successes
  • Considers issues from multiple points of view
  • Encourages and supports employee growth and development, helps identify growth and learning opportunities for Adult and Youth Services team members
  • Cultivates an inclusive environment
  • Fosters accountability
  • Communicates effectively with both staff, library leadership, volunteers, and community partners
  • Brings passion and energy to the department team
Personal Accountability
  • Prioritizes accuracy and efficiency
  • Manages own emotions and recognizes the emotions of others in order to guide appropriate thinking, judgment, and decision making
  • Brings a drive for excellence
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness
  • Likes to get things done
  • Ability to effectively understand and influence others in a political environment in order to achieve personal and/or organizational objectives
Collaborative Leadership
  • Keeps larger goals in mind when making decisions
  • Supports organizational health
  • Identifies connections across multiple service areas
  • Enjoys contributing ideas and helping to build upon the ideas of others
  • Excited to participate in library leadership decisions
An Ideal Candidate Will:
  • Be skilled at project at project management and grant administration
  • Enjoy talking to and engaging with people of all ages
  • Enjoy collaboration and teamwork
  • Encourage and support employee growth and development, helps identify growth and learning opportunities for Adult and Youth Services team members
  • Bring a drive for excellence
  • Support organizational health
  • Have excellent reference skills and will be prepared to use, share, and teach them on an ongoing basis
  • Be knowledgeable about information landscape and will be able to provide and acquire tools and skills to allow staff to meet the current and ongoing needs of library users
What You'll Do:
Under direction, plans, organizes, supervises, coordinates, reviews and evaluates the activities of a library division; performs related work as assigned. 

Where You'll Do It:
Eureka Main Library
1313 3rd Street.
Eureka, CA 95501 
Position: Library Division Manager - Adult and Youth Services
Organization: Humboldt County Library
Location: Eureka,  CA 
United States
Salary: $36.90 - $47.35 Hourly
Posting Start Date: 6/1/2024
Date Posted: 6/15/2024
The Library Division Manager is the first full management level in the professional Librarian series. Incumbents are responsible for participating on the library management team and for planning, organizing, coordinating and supervising an assigned division or system-wide service. Primary responsibilities involve administration and management of physical facilities, reference and readers' advisory services, collection development and supervision of professional, paraprofessional and support staff. This class is distinguished from Assistant Director of Library Services in that the latter has system-wide management responsibilities and acts for the Director in a relief basis.




  • Participates as a member of the library management team and contributes to the development of departmental goals, objectives, policies, procedures and service standards.
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of professional, paraprofessional, and support staff.
  • Recommends selection of assigned staff and provides for their training and professional development.
  • Participates in Library operations, including collection development, public service and community relations, and reference and readers advisory service.
  • Makes studies and recommendations for improved service delivery, capital expenditures and specialized program development.
  • Assists in developing division budget requirements; recommends capital purchases and staffing levels.
  • Provides for facility upkeep and maintenance; has responsibility for security of assigned facility and/or equipment.
  • Represents the library in the community through participation in community organizations and in meetings with the public, citizens groups and other agencies.
  • Participates in professional association activities, may serve on boards or commission with national or state-wide impact.
  • May develop bid specifications for materials, equipment or services; and administer assigned contracts.
  • Maintains records and prepares periodic or special reports regarding division activities or related matters.



Knowledge of: 

  • Administrative principles and practices, including program development, budgeting, work planning and employee supervision.
  • Principles and practices of professional library services and administration, including service objectives, organization and procedures.
  • Theory and philosophy of librarianship.
  • Books, authors and reference sources in a variety of fields.
  • Information systems and automation as applied to library activities.
  • Applicable laws and regulations.

Skill in:
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, coordinating, reviewing and evaluating the work of assigned professional, technical and support staff.
  • Selecting staff and providing for their training and professional development.
  • Analyzing complex administrative problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending effective courses of action.
  • Assisting in developing, implementing and interpreting goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and outreach and informational materials.
  • Selecting and recommending a variety of library material for patron use.
  • Performing difficult reference, research and technical librarian work.
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with a variety of individuals and groups, including library staff, patrons, community groups and service providers, including making verbal presentations.

Other Requirements: 
Specified position may require a valid California driver's license. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends.

Desirable Education and Experience: 
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:
Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university, possession of a Master's degree in Library Science, and two years of lead or supervisory experience as a professional librarian.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/14/2024
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Organization Information
Humboldt County Library
1313 Third Street

Eureka,  CA 95501
United States
(707) 269-1930
Chris Cooper, Library Director